Re: [RFC] -stable, how it's going to work.

From: Russell King
Date: Wed Mar 09 2005 - 18:19:58 EST

On Wed, Mar 09, 2005 at 08:44:01PM +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> But it risks code drift like we had in 2.4 with older kernels
> having more fixes than the newer kernel. And that way lies madness.

I believe it's going to work like this:

* simple fixes are submitted to Linus and -stable, and are appropriately
* complex "correct" fixes too large for -stable are submitted to Linus,
with a simplified version for -stable.

When the next Linus kernel is released, anything in the previous -stable
series is effectively discarded, and the next -stable series is produced
from the new release point.

Obviously, the -stable sucker can continue with his existing -stable
series if he so wishes, but I would expect that any fixes in, eg,
2.6.11.x would not be propagated by the -stable sucker to 2.6.12.x.

This may be a good thing - it encourages people to get the fixes into
the Linus tree, thereby keeping the code drift to a minimum. Any
drift would only exist for one of these -stable branches, which may
only survive for maybe one Linus kernel release cycle.

Russell King
Linux kernel 2.6 ARM Linux -
maintainer of: 2.6 Serial core
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